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Boardwalk Empire: Season 1 (2010)




Critic Consensus: Thought-provoking, violent, and filled with lush period detail, Boardwalk Empire is a gangster drama of uncommon depth and scope.


Air date: Sep 19, 2010
Air date: Sep 26, 2010
Air date: Oct 3, 2010
Air date: Oct 10, 2010
Air date: Oct 17, 2010
Air date: Oct 24, 2010
Air date: Oct 31, 2010
Air date: Nov 7, 2010
Air date: Nov 14, 2010
Air date: Nov 21, 2010

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Atlantic City, 1920. When alcohol was outlawed, outlaws became kings. HBO presents Season One of this epic new drama series that follows the birth and rise of organized crime in 'the world's playground' at the dawn of Prohibition. Steve Buscemi stars.


Steve Buscemi
as Enoch 'Nucky' Thomps...
Shea Whigham
as Elias Thompson
Dabney Coleman
as Louis 'The Commodore...
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Arnold Rothstein
Frank Crudele
as Big Jim Colosimo
Vincent Piazza
as Lucky Luciano
Stephen Graham
as Al Capone
Michael Pitt
as Jimmy Darmody
Michael Shannon
as Agent Nelson Van Ald...
Kelly Macdonald
as Margaret Schroeder
Anthony Laciura
as Eddie Kessler
Greg Antonacci
as Johnny Torrio
Paul Sparks
as Mickey Doyle
Aleksa Palladino
as Angela Darmody
Michael K. Williams
as Chalky White
Christopher McDonald
as Harry Daugherty
Gretchen Mol
as Gillian
Tom Aldredge
as Ethan Thompson
Joe Sikora
as Hans Schroeder
Michael Badalucco
as Harry Price
Chris Mulkey
as Frank Hague
David Aaron Baker
as Bill Fallon
Geoffrey Pierson
as Sen. Walter Edge
Samuel Taylor
as Paddy Ryan
Nic Novicki
as Carl Heeley
Erik Weiner
as Agent Sebso
Joseph Riccobene
as Frankie Yale
Scott Sowers
as Joseph Earl Dinler
Pearce Bunting
as Bill McCoy
Edelen McWilliams
as Bettyanne Mulhaney
William Hill
as Ward Boss George O'N...
Mark Lotito
as Dr. Cuomo
Robert Clohessy
as Ward Boss Jim Neary
Anatol Yusef
as Meyer Lansky
Remy Auberjonois
as Theodore Hardeen
Victor Verhaeghe
as Ward Boss Fleming
Kenneth Tigar
as Dr. Karl Lissenger
Chase Coleman
as Billy Winslow
John Rue
as Mayor Edward Bachrac...
Frank Shattuck
as Charlie Sheridan
Max Casella
as Leo D'Alessio
Mikey Post
as Mike Green
Dana Ivey
as Mrs. McGarry
Susan Varon
as Madame Regina
Kevin Henderson
as Dr. Carl Surran
Johnnie Mae
as Louanne Pratt
Edoardo Ballerini
as Ignacious D'Alessio
Mark Povinelli
as Kevin Kiley
Al Linea
as Teo D'Alessio
Johann Carlo
as Teresina Capone
Peter McRobbie
as Supervisor Frederick...
Josiah Early
as Robert Dittrich
Edward McGinty
as Ward Boss Boyd
Megan Reinking
as Annabelle
Danny Burstein
as Lolly Steinman
Lisa Joyce
as Mary Dittrich
Stephen DeRosa
as Eddie Cantor
Anna Katarina
as Isabelle Jeunet
Kevin O'Rourke
as Edward Bader
Enid Graham
as Rose Van Alden
Fiana Toibin
as Mrs. Neary
Adam Mucci
as Dep. Halloran
Tuck Milligan
as Dr. Brubaker
Virginia Kull
as Nan Britton
Frank Ridley
as Train Conductor
Joe Caniano
as Jake Guzik
Jack Huston
as Richard Harrow
Charlie Cox
as Owen Sleater
Bobby Cannavale
as Gyp Rosetti
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Critic Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (22)

Boardwalk Empire has all the makings of a triumph for HBO-the addictive kind.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Boardwalk Empire is the best new drama series of the fall season -- and probably a cinch Emmy pacesetter as well.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
Uncle Barky
Top Critic

A season filled with hills and valleys of action and excitement ended with rather tame Return to Normalcy in Atlantic City this week.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
TV Fanatic

The blood, the sweat, the muzzle flashes and the cumulus clouds of cigarette and cigar smoke all testify that Boardwalk Empire isn't interested in presenting life as it should have been, but life as it probably was.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
The New Republic
Top Critic

Though the story sags a bit as the episodes go on, it's clear that Winter, the show's executive producer and head writer, has uncovered a world full of delicious possibilities - topped by the slow corruption of a compelling pragmatist.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
Tampa Bay Times

Here, assessing the vaudeville moxie of 1920s Atlantic City and the criminals who organized it, Scorsese achieves a virtuoso riff on entertainment culture.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Boardwalk Empire: Season 1


After friend's recommendation, I began watching Boardwalk Empire. I immediately got hooked on the brilliant writing, dark tone, period costumes and violent plot. Boardwalk Empire is a must watch for fans of gangster films.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer


If you can get over the fact that Boardwalk Empire is more of a period set drama, rather than a gangster story, you'll be able to enjoy this much more. Each characters is grey and very hard to like but the way the world is presented, showcasing various perspectives of this society through very different eyes, backed by fantastic dialogues and attention to detail, makes Boardwalk Empire one of the best things to appear on TV for quite some time.

It's large sprawling story is always fascinanting and engaging, where we slowly grow to understand these characters and what motivates them, through the eyes of a very closed and degrading society.

Francisco G.
Francisco Godinho

Super Reviewer

RJ Smoove
Ryan Rutherford

Super Reviewer


Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

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